057: Golden Moments with Golden Volunteer

August 15, 2016

Volunteering makes happier people, but sometimes finding the right volunteer match can be difficult. The Golden app takes what each of their users like to do in their free time, and matches them with a volunteer organization. Today, we speak to Sam Fankuchen, the founder and CEO of Golden, about how Golden strives to improve volunteerism for both the volunteer and the nonprofit that is hosting the volunteers. 

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056: Technology Trends for Tomorrow with Future Today Institute

July 28, 2016

From Pokémon Go to gene editing, it is safe to say that technology is developing at an extremely rapid pace. In this day and age, it is impossible to avoid technology because it intersects everywhere within our personal and private lives. Amy Webb, CEO and founder of Future Today Institute, takes us through some of our current trends and the process behind how their organizations plans for the future of technology. 

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55: How we built a successful web product MVP with $100

July 20, 2016

In 2016, Laura Clevenger, the Whole Whale Impact Whaler took on the challenge of building an RFP generator. With $100 she built the SNORKL website and RFP tool to see if nonprofits would use it. Surprise! It actually has been working to help many nonprofits simplify the RFP process. We talk about what went right and how other organizations may use this same process to test product ideas they have. 

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054: Texts that Change Climate with ACE Climate Education

June 17, 2016

The online to offline jump can be hard to make. ACE - Alliance for Climate Education has done it very effectively by engaging students in school with amazing presentations and then engaging them on SMS. Their programs focus on education and involve rigorous research and testing to make sure their trainings are having a lasting impact. Leah Qusba, the Communications Director shares how ACE evolved its programs and how tech is used to improve their organization. 

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053: Awesome Automation Tools Used By The True Colors Fund

June 6, 2016

Joe Moran, the Chief Creative Officer of The True Colors Fund is a master of automating his work. His trick starts by creating a list of repetitive tasks as he comes across them and then seeing how they may be automated by tools like ITTT.com and Zapier.com. Time is a resource and by leveraging these tools, Joe is able to make the most of his. Co-founded by Cyndi Lauper, the True Colors Fund works to end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth, creating a world in which young people can be their true selves. By using these tools, their small staff is able to accomplish an incredible amount of impact. 

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052: Helping Homelessness with Hope Data

May 19, 2016

A recent UPenn study shows that just a 1 point gain on a 5 point hope scale resulted in a reduction of 32 days or 10% in homeless family shelter stay in New York. Dan Treglia PhD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice discusses his research on the impact that resilience has on family shelter stay. His research shows how we can use survey tools to really explore what works and might work when dealing with homelessness. We talk with him about how he did this research and at a broader level how other organizations can think about impact studies like these.

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051: Making Food Stamps User-Friendly

April 26, 2016

PROPEL builds software for low-income Americans who are often overlooked by traditional tech innovation. Their current focus is food stamps, a $70 billion program that reaches 45 million Americans. We talk with Jimmy Chen the founder and his CTO Ram Mehta about how they have gone about building the app that is now helping thousands of people manage their food stamps.

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050: The data behind donor retention with CauseVox

April 14, 2016

Talking with Rob Wu the CEO of CauseVox about data from the 2015 donor retention nonprofit stats. How important is keeping and retaining a donor vs hunting for new ones? Why are first year donor's so likely to not return?  We discuss the data and more importantly how nonprofits should think about keeping their donors. 

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049: Bit.ly and Canva Tips from TopNonprofits

March 31, 2016

Quick, easy tips for how and why to use Bit.ly and Canva from Amy Devita from Topnonrpofits.org. 

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048: How to Select, Run, and Attend a Conference like a Boss

March 18, 2016

Spring is when conferences start to heat up in the nonprofit sector. Ritu Sharma, the cofounder of Social Media For Nonprofits has years of experience running, speaking and attending conferences that help the nonprofit sector. We cover what to look for in a conference, tactics to help you find a speaking role, ways to keep costs down, and the best way to focus your networking. 

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